Champagne Cocktails for New Year’s Eve

Let’s ring in 2012 the way we left 2011 – with a nice buzz. New Year’s Eve calls for Champagne, but if you want to augment your drinking with something more than a bottle of bubbly, try some easy-to-make Champagne cocktails.

Last year we covered the aptly-named Champagne Cocktail, the French 75 and the Death in the Afternoon as worthy New Year’s Eve cocktails. Any of those will do the trick. Or try one of these festive drinks.

Italian 76

2 oz gin
1/2 oz Aperol
1/2 lemon juice
1/2 oz simple syrup

Shake first four ingredients with ice. Strain into a coupe and top with Prosecco (or Champagne).


Prince of Wales

1.5 oz rye whiskey
1/4 oz Maraschino Liqueur
1 dash Angostura Bitters
1 chunk pineapple
1 barspoon powdered sugar

Shake first five ingredients with ice, and strain into a coupe. Top with Champagne, and garnish with a lemon twist.



Black Velvet

Stout beer

Fill Collins glass halfway with stout. Top with Champagne.


Old Cuban

1 1/2 oz gold rum
3/4 oz simple syrup
3/4 oz lime juice
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
6 mint leaves

Gently muddle mint in a cocktail shaker. Add remaining ingredients except Champagne, and shake well. Fine strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and top with Champagne.


Kir Royale

Creme de Cassis

Add Champagne to Champagne flute, and top with creme de cassis. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Written by Kevin Gray

1 Comment

  1. selenar · December 30, 2011

    I def want to check out the black velvet, never had beer and champagne before

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